Deinstitutionalisation: the Dutch way?
The history of deinstitutionalisation of Dutch mental healthcare in a European perspective
Oct 31 2019
Early registration € 275 to September 1. Then € 295.
In the 1960s, mental healthcare in Europe and the United States embarked on a process of radical change. Under the banner of ‘de-institutionalisation’, a model of inpatient care centred on psychiatric hospitals, began to make way for community-based ambulant care. The aim was to replace institutional treatment with care and treatment at home, i.e. in the community. The aim of the symposium is to learn from the past. How can the insights we gain by comparing past and present experiences help shape de-institutionalization in the future? How can healthcare professionals and policymakers benefit from these new insights by extrapolating them to new or current situations?
The congress is entirely in English
Registration is done digitally by filling in and sending our online registration form. Immediately after registration you will automatically receive a confirmation / invoice in the mailbox of the address you provided on the registration form.
After your registration, you transfer the registration fee to bank account NL73ABNA0541186108 of Stichting Sympopna, clearly stating your name and invoice number. Or you tick the one-off authorization on the digital registration form. Registration required for payment.
You will receive a digital invoice as a confirmation of your registration via e-mail to the address you provided. Within 14 days after registration, written (mail) and without costs can be canceled. Hereafter only written (mail) and is possible until October 17, 2019.
The cancellation costs are € 20.00. Already paid registration fee is deducted from these costs refunded within two weeks. After October 17, 2019, cancellation is no longer possible and you will owe the full registration fee. All single collection costs will be borne entirely by the tenderer.
This conference is aimed at professionals, policy makers and historians who are interested in the history of deinstutionalisation in mental health care.
3511 XC Utrecht
The Geertekerk is approximately a 15-minute walk from Utrecht Central Station and can also be reached by city bus (line 2)
€ 295 € 20 early booking discount until 1 September
Students and experience experts not working for a GGZ institution and family members can request a discount of 20% via the registration form Students and experience experts (family members).
Accreditation for this congress is requested at:
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie (NVvP)
Accreditatiebureau Kwaliteitsregister V&VN en Register Zorgprofessionals
Accreditatiebureau Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register (VSR)
Federatie van Gezondheidszorgpsychologen en Psychotherapeuten (FGzPt)
The program will be announced shortly.
In the 1960s, mental healthcare in Europe and the United States embarked on a process of radical change. Under the banner of ‘de-institutionalization’, a model of inpatient care centred on psychiatric hospitals, began to make way for community-based ambulant care. The aim was to replace institutional treatment with care and treatment at home, i.e. in the community.
This process was led by countries such as the United States, Italy and England. In the Netherlands, it gradually got under way in the 1980s, and was supported by government policy. There were concrete initiatives for reducing the extent of institutional psychiatry, such as the construction of regional sheltered housing facilities and the introduction of Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT).
Early this century it was nonetheless noted that, proportionally, the Netherlands still had one of Europe’s highest numbers of inpatient beds. In 2012, this led to an agreement between the mental healthcare sector and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports to substantially reduce their number.
The question is not only why de-institutionalization was slower in the Netherlands than elsewhere, but also why it was different. Which factors impeded it, and which advanced it? How does its history compare with the counterpart histories in countries such as Italy, the UK and France? What do these comparisons tell us about the specific nature of Dutch mental healthcare and the context within which it operates?
In the symposium De-institutionalization: the Dutch way? a number of European researchers will describe and analyse the development of de-institutionalization in their countries. Against this background, the Dutch experience of de-institutionalization will then be outlined and compared.
The aim of the symposium is to learn from the past. How can the insights we gain by comparing past and present experiences help shape de-institutionalization in the future? How can healthcare professionals and policymakers benefit from these new insights by extrapolating them to new or current situations?
By researching recent history, we can guide the development of community-based mental healthcare. Partly for this reason, the symposium is intended to provide the substantive and practical impetus for extensive, internationally focused research on the development of de-institutionalization and community care in the Netherlands.
The symposium is intended for all care professionals, policymakers and historians interested in the history and future of Dutch and European mental health care and de-institutionalization.
De programme committee
Prof. Joost Vijselaar (Utrecht University)
Prof. Hans Kroon (Trimbos Institute))
Dr. Christian de Vito (University Bonn)
Prof. dr. Gemma Blok (Open University)
Drs. Christien Muusse (Trimbos Institute)
Dr. Timo Bolt (EUR Rotterdam)
Dr. René Keet (EUCOMS)
Prof. Berno van Meijel (Inholland University / Amsterdam UMC)